Jeffrey Boakye and Kit Caless at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
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Jeffrey Boakye and Kit Caless at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Jeffrey Boakye will be speaking about Hold Tight, grime and black music with Reckless Rai and Derek Wiltshire of Mostly Lit podcast and grime artists Krucial Kidd.

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Kit will be talking with beer writer Pete Brown about the 'Wetherspoon's Paradox' and pub interiors in what should be a high amusing event. 

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Signal Failure London launch @ Housmans
7:00 pm19:00

Signal Failure London launch @ Housmans

  • Housmans Bookstore

Join us at Housmans for the London launch of Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on Foot by Tom Jeffreys.

Tom will be giving a reading and discussing the ideas and themes raised , followed by a Q&A chaired by editor Gary Budden.

About the book:

One November morning, Tom Jeffreys set off from Euston Station with a gnarled old walking stick in his hand and an overloaded rucksack. His aim was to walk the 119 miles from London to Birmingham along the proposed route of HS2. Needless to say, he failed.

Over the course of ten days of walking, Jeffreys meets conservationists and museum directors, fiery farmers and suicidal retirees. From a rapidly changing London, through interminable suburbia, and out into the English countryside, Jeffreys goes wild camping in Perivale, flees murderous horses in Oxfordshire, and gets lost in a landfill site in Buckinghamshire. Signal Failure weaves together poetry and politics, history, philosophy and personal observation to form an extended exploration of people and place, nature, society, and the future.

In part, Signal Failure is the story of the author’s multiple shortcomings – his inability to understand the city he lives in, to forge a meaningful relationship with his home-county hometown, to emulate those great nature writers he admires so much, to put up a tent or read a map.

It is also a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures: of capitalism, of community, of the city and the suburbs, of architecture and agriculture, of bureaucratic democracy, and, in the end, of our age-old failure to find our place in the world we live in.

Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams in conversation with Joanna Walsh
7:00 pm19:00

Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams in conversation with Joanna Walsh

  • Burley Fisher Books
Joanna Walsh looking sharp

Joanna Walsh looking sharp

An owl (and Eley Williams)

An owl (and Eley Williams)

Join us for the launch of the debut collection from Eley Williams, Attrib. and other stories.  at Burley Fisher Books in Haggerston.

Eley will be reading from the book and will be in conversation with writer Joanna Walsh. Come down, drink, mingle, listen to some of the finest new fiction going, and of course buy a book and get it signed.

About the book

This debut collection from Eley Williams centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way in which one’s thoughts — absurd, encompassing, oblique — may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm. 

Attrib. and other stories celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday where characters vie to 'own' their words, tell tall tales and attempt to define their worlds. 

With affectionate, irreverent and playful prose, the inability to communicate exactly what we mean dominates this bold debut collection from one of Britain’s most original new writers.

About the authors

Eley Williams lives and work in Ealing. She is co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine and assists the independent publishers Copy Press. Her prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. She teaches both creative writing and children's literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was recently awarded her doctorate.

Joanna Walsh is the author of Hotel, Vertigo, Grow a Pair, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, The Stinging Fly, gorse journal, The Dublin Review and many more. She reviews for, amongst others, The New Statesman and The Guardian. She was a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths prize, edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult, and is the founder of @read_women. She is the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellow in Creative Non-Fiction.

3:00 pm15:00

An Unreliable Guide to London @ Stoke Newington Literary Festival

We're very happy to announce that Influx Press will be returning to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in 2016 with two events discussing our upcoming anthology An Unreliable Guide to London.

On the 4th, Gary is chairing an event with four brilliant writers discussing fictional Londons and the role the city plays in their writing. Speaking are:

M John Harrison

Yvvette Edwards

Courttia Newland

Eley Williams

And on the 5th, Kit is chairing an event discussing the same topics with four more wonderful London writers:

Chloe Aridjis

Noo Saro-Wiwa

Nikesh Shukla

Will Wiles

Full details of time and venue location will be posted soon.

9:00 pm21:00

Greenwich Literary Festival

  • Greenwich Pier - North Greenwich Pier London United Kingdom
greenwich book festival 2016

The Late Night Literary Salon with Galley Beggar and Influx Press is at Greenwich Literary Festival 2016. 

Starting from 9pm, we have three writers reading from our new book An Unreliable Guide to London

Courttia Newland

Irenosen Okojie

Juliet Jacques

Alongside Galley Beggar authors and hosted by Kit Caless - the evening will be a boozy, literary blast of Thameside fun. 

Venue to be confirmed, tickets on sale soon.

7:45 pm19:45

Influx @ Whitstable Lit Fest

Influx are very pleased to be appearing at the Whitstable Lit Fest on May 14th.

Blurb for the event:

Join Influx for a night of Kent-based literature, based on their coastal anthology Connecting Nothing with Something and more recent work by Influx authors. Reading are Gary and Kit, the author of Marshland, Gareth E. Rees + other friends. They’ll be talking about how Kent and the south-east coast informs their work, and reading their fictions set in the county. Expect tales of Dungeness defeats, walking the Hollow Shore from Faversham to Whitstable and what a wedding in a zoo is like. 

Influx Press are an independent publishers from London, formed by Kent natives Gary Budden and Kit Caless.



7:00 pm19:00

Launch of Open Pen Anthology, Burley Fisher Books

Open Pen Anthology launch: celebrating five years of innovative fiction

Kit is reading at the launch of the Open Pen anthology at Burley Fisher Books, Haggerston.

For the past five years Open Pen has been serving a growing community of readers with a belief in creative writing willing to take a risk; fiction with something to say. Kit Caless and Max Sydney Smith will be among the contributors reading to celebrate the best fiction published by this daring and innovative journal over its first five years.


Entry £3 suggested donation, includes a glass of wine!

8:00 pm20:00

Place Waste Dissent Launch, Bristol


'Having spent three years in the early 1990s occupying properties and protesting in Claremont Road, east London, poet Paul Hawkins maps the run-off, rackets and resistance along the route of the proposed M11 Link Road. 

Using the voices of Dolly Watson and many others in avant-garde experimental text and lo-fi collage, he explores place, waste and dissent; the stake the Thatcher/Major Tory government was driving into the heart of the UK.'

Join us at The Arts House in Stokes Croft, Bristol celebrating the publication of 'Place Waste Dissent' and an accompanying month-long exhibtion of art and text featured in the collection, with readings, a short film screening and a Q&A with the author.

Reading are:

Paul Hawkins
- Paul Hawkins is a Bristol based poet and author of the new Influx Press title 'Place Waste Dissent'. He co-runs Hesterglock Press and has had two previous books published, 'Claremont Road' & 'Contumacy' (Erbacce)

Sarer Scotthorne
- Sarer co-runs Hesterglock Press and is author of the acclaimed collection 'The Blood House'.

Sam Berkson
- Sam is the author of 'Life in Transit' (Influx, 2012), 'Dusk Steals the Daylight (Fishbar, 2013) and the recent collection 'Settled Wanderers' (Influx, 2015).

The event is FREE!! 7:30pm
Signed books on sale on the night.